Hello and welcome to my Cultural Routes 11 blog! I want to thank all my friends and family for getting me to this point. I couldn’t have done it without each and everyone of you. This blog is going to be a semi-regular documentation of the daily occurrences of our adventures during CR. Or in other words: I’ll write stuff sometimes. Sorry Dr. P.
I’ve heard so much about this experience and all the amazing adventures CR students of the past have taken, but what I am most excited about is getting to learn more about the others I will be with in Europe. When seeing the CR11 roster for the first time, I was excited to see that I was already friends with most of the other students on the list, but I am looking forward to learning more about them on a deeper level and getting to know those coming who I did not know beforehand . I know that our time in Europe will be unforgettable, but it is the people who will come back to TCU with me that I will treasure the most from my experiences.
As someone who can get caught up in the daily grind of college, I absolutely can’t wait to go on the rollercoaster ride of CR without access to any kind of schedule. Being able to just go with the flow is not a luxury I can always afford with things such as GPA on the line, but on CR, I will be thrilled to explore and adventure with no responsibilities besides soak it all in.
One city we will visit is Munich. I have never been to Munich or anywhere in Germany before, so it will be a great experience to see the unique culture and history that the city has to offer. Personally, I knew nothing about Munich before writing this blog, so I looked up some fun facts about the city. Here are some of the best ones I found:
- Munich is further north than any major city in the continental US.
- Munich’s Technische Universiät has slides that are four stories tall that help students navigate the buildings faster.
- Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria.
- Munich tax authorities are considered bold because in 1921, the Munich financial department sent Hitler a request for him to disclose his income.
- Before he was rich and famous, Arnold Schwarzenegger used to live in Munich in a fitness club after he returned from the army.
After speaking with some CR alumni, I picked up a few pointers about Munich. First and foremost from Ryal Reddick (CR10): do not lose your rail pass. Considering I do not want to waste a copious amount of hard-earned cash and give Dr. Pitcock a migraine, I’ll try my best to not let this happen. Aside from not losing my means of transportation, all the CR alumni that I spoke with have informed me that our time in Munich will be physically and mentally draining. It can indicate just how “all in” we really are and test the relationships we have made thus far. The city has much to offer historically and culturally, so it will be very difficult to maximize what we get out of our time in Munich. It is a city in which we will have to push ourselves, and I am excited to tackle the challenge. After speaking with Will Beasley (CR9), he talked about some of the interesting contrasts Munich has. There are old wonders such as medieval castles and centers of innovation such as the BMW museum. Despite it being a large city, “it feels like a small town”, and it is sometimes known as “the village of a million people”.
“Munich has a rich history and continues to keep some of these rich traditions up into today. When you walk through Munich, you feel like you are a part of history…”Brook Boisvert – CR10
As someone of Bavarian descent, I am excited to see the capital of the German state where some of my ancestors originate. Even though my family has been in the United States for seven generations, there are still people who share my mother’s maiden name in Bavaria. I know we were supposed to make a trip to Bavaria as a family because of our ancestry, but sorry mom, change of plans.
If I have learned anything from those who have come before me, I know that no amount of preparation or story-telling will prepare me for Cultural Routes. I can’t wait to dive into this adventure with everyone I am lucky enough to travel with and experience Europe together.